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A hard working filly also proved she had a touch of class at Ayr on Saturday when Rose of Kildare won the William Hill Firth of Clyde Stakes – Scotland’s only Group race.
Rose of Kildare from the Mark Johnston yard was having her eleventh start which must make her one of the most exposed two year old in the country so to come out and win a Group 3 took a special performance. Jockey Joe Fanning, who was winning the race for the second successive year, was very impressed with her.
Thursday’s feature race was the Doonside Cup and once again this proved to be a quality contest.
The three year-old Andrew Balding trained filly Encapsulation looked very well in with her weight for age allowance added to her fillies’ allowance and Ben Curtis’s mount looked to have won a bit cosily from What’s The Story.
But the bare facts don’t tell the story here as the runner up, trained by Keith Dalgleish and ridden by Joe Fanning, was badly interfered with and had he got a clear passage it would have been a really tight finish.
Friday’s two Listed races produced bIg priced winners but both deserved their success.
First up was the Irish raider Piece of Paradise in the Shadwell Stud/EBF Stallions Harry Rosebery Stakes. She was given a patient ride by Chris Hayes and hit the front inside the last to win at odds of 16-1.
The Al Maktoum Cup Arran Scottish Fillies’ Sprint Stakes saw Clipper Logistics have four fillies running in their colours and one of them won in the shape of Lady In France , 12-1, trained by Karl Burke and the mount of Ben Curtis. She won fairly easily and goes for a Group 3 at the Curragh this weekend.
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